Two children found unresponsive in separate waterfront incidents
Published Saturday, June 17, 2017 5:51PM EDT
Last Updated Monday, June 19, 2017 2:32PM EDT
Two children were hospitalized in separate incidents Saturday, after being discovered unresponsive in a pool and a river, respectively.
A child’s birthday party took a tragic turn when a young guest was found unconscious in a backyard pool Saturday morning.
Police received a call around 11:15 a.m., and arrived on-scene at the house on Beckett St., where a pool party was well underway.
An eight-year-old boy was floating in the water— he was one of the party guests. No word on whether anyone else was in the pool at the time.
Several adults were in attendance at the party, and one of them performed CPR on the child.
He was transferred to hospital in Sherbrooke, and on Monday police confirmed his death.
Martin Carrier of the Sherbrooke police said they are launching an investigation to determine the exact course of events, and will interview witnesses on-scene at the hospital.
Waterfront incident in Montérégie
Surete du Quebec officers received a call at 7:15 p.m. and reported to the scene-- a private residence on des Erables St. in Upton.
Two children -- aged three and five -- had seemingly wandered off from the property and were nowhere to be found.
The five-year-old was located by a security guard working at a neighbouring campground. The child told the officer that the three-year-old had fallen into the river, and guided him to the exact spot.
The child was pulled from the water, unresponsive, and CPR was performed before being transported to hospital.
As of this writing, the child has died.
Three situations in 24 hours; A total of four in less a week
On Friday, an 11-year-old boy was found dead in a residential pool in the Outaouais region town of Chelsea.
According to police, the boy was swimming with friends. At 9:00 p.m., the boy victim was found unconscious at the bottom of the pool. Police and paramedics were unable to revive him.
Authorities said the death is likely accidental, but an investigaion will be conducted to determine the circumstances in which it occured.
Earlier in the week, a three-year-old boy was found unconscious at the bottom of a backyard pool in Drummondville-- located halfway between Montreal and Quebec City.
A young girl found the boy alone in the pool, and alerted nearby adults who were having a social gathering.
Some of the attendees tried to revive him before he was taken to hospital in critical condition.
Provincial police also opened an investigation into this case, and will assess whether or not the pool conformed to safety regulations.